Vice President Mike Pence made an early exit from a Indianapolis Colts football game, which was a planned political stunt at taxpayer expense, notes NBC News.
Pence claimed to be offended after some football players kneeled during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against black people.
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tweeted that Pence had the media wait in a van so that he could leave early per his planned outrage:
FLAG: Was Pence leaving Colts game a political stunt? Reporters were told to stay in van bc “there may be an early departure from the game.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 8, 2017
On MSNBC, Alexander explained how Pence’s early exit was a planned political stunt:
The vice president was just in Las Vegas speaking about the desire for unity in this country. Then he flew last night in Indianapolis with the sole purpose of going to this football game… where his team would be playing the San Francisco 49ers, the team where Colin Kaepernick obviously began this entire situation by taking a knee last season during the national anthem.”
“So, Pence went to the game, as soon as he saw someone take a knee, he left. And as we understand right now, he’s already on a plane in route to Los Angeles for a political fundraiser.
Alexander noted that Pence wasted taxpayer money for the “political stunt”:
The president and the vice president had come up with a way that they believe is the best way to communicate this stand. But it’s obviously a divisive issue, with many people insisting these players deserve their right to free expression.”
Among the questions right now to be answered is, was this a political stunt as many people suggest? And the bottom line is, is the vice president as a government official allowed to use taxpayer money to fly into a place like Indiana for what many people view as a political stunt.